A compromise has bene reached at the annual meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
A compromise has bene reached at the annual meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Mr. Eteki Mboumoua of Cameroun was elected new secretary-General of the Organisation on Sunday (16 June) after a 15-hour deadlock which delayed the formal closing of the summit conference. It took 20 inconclusive ballots to reach of final decision; and the uncertainties over a final choice threatened to split the OAU.
Mr. Mboumoua was named as a compromise candidate after the summit failed to agree o electing Mr. Vernon Mwaanga, the Zambian Foreign Minister, or Mr. Omar Arten, the Somali Foreign Minister, to the position.
Both candidates withdrew their applications after it became obvious that neither of them would win the necessary two-thirds majority. It was Mr. Arteh who put forward Mr. Mboumoua's name. This film contains a transcript of the nomination: